This is usually caused by the tac switches going bad.
Normally the owner allows water or cleaning fluid to run down the face of the screen into the cabinet when cleaning the screen. The fluid contaminates the switches. Intermittent data get sent to the microprocessor causing the on/off signal to be produced.
Replace the switches and your problem should be resolved.
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Hi - it's a good set, I have a 32695 which is a year older (1999). Top of the line Home Theatre Premier series. Common problem, it is the EEPROM chip on the circuit board. Very common problem to lots of RCA, GE, and Proscan. Shows up with age and yours is about ten-years old. If you like the set (I like mine) you might want to seek out an estimate for inhome service. I'll bet it will be well over $150.
The tv has lasted ten years which is better than average, I find fixing anything after that time is not cost effective and the likely hood of additional breakdowns is extremely high, because you are dealing with parts that are ten years old. But to address your problem, when you first turn on the tv can you hear high voltage been generated, if yes! you have a video problem, If no! you have a high voltage issue that will involve the high voltage transformer and other parts tied into the horizontal output circuits. A tv technician is recommended to address the situation and I advise an estimate.
The tv has a high voltage problem, sets that last ten years or more have come to the point where a new tv should be considered, because even if you fix it there is good chance something else will go wrong, remember the parts are twelve years old.
Bad grounds and bad caps will cause the problems in this tv. You will need to replace several caps and resolder the tuner itself and that means taking the tuner out in some cases and rework it. This is very time consuming and needs great care not to destroy the tuner. And reinstall the tuner to the board. You need the cap check to locate bad caps and visual to see bad grounds on any Ic on heatsinks. If you are a do it yourselfer fine.. If you cannot do this I would just replace the tv.
I have the same problem with the same size 20" RCA tv. Mine is a little over 2years old. After turning itself off and on whenever it felt like it, now it blinks off and on nonstop every few seconds and nothing makes it stop......please help
How old is this TV?
It either has an unrepairable problem in the tube itself, or the
circuit driving the green gun has a problem. If the TV is at
least ten years old, I wouldn't spend any money on getting this fixed.
How old is this TV?
Sounds like it has high voltage failure.
(If you hold your hand on the screen when you try and turn it on, do you feel the static? )
Unless the set is over 10 years old, I would overhaul the high voltage circuit. Should cost under $200 at a shop.
You apparently have a high voltage arc.
Possibly the anode lead to your picture tube.
Also the flyback transformer could be arcing.
If you're not experience with tv repair, you need to have a tech check it for you. The circuits operate at very high voltage and if you get into it you can get a possibly fatal electrical shock.
Be careful !!!